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Russia, US, Saudi agree to coordinate actions on oil market stabilization

As a result, the oil price plummeted to $22 per barrel which is the sharpest fall in 20 years.

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Moscow, April 10 : Russia, the US and Saudi Arabia have agreed to coordinate actions on stabilizing oil markets and minimize the impact of oil price volatility on global economy, the Kremlin said in a statement on Friday.

“Today, Russian President Vladimir Putin had a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,” the state-run TASS News Agency quoted the Kremlin press service as saying in the statement.

The sides confirmed “determination to coordinate actions to stabilize the situation in the global oil trade and minimize the negative impact of volatile oil price quotations to the global economy”, it said.

According to the statement, the sides discussed the situation on oil markets, including with regard to the emergency OPEC+ ministerial meeting and the upcoming video conference of G20 energy ministers.

The plan on oil production cuts within the OPEC+ framework envisages that Russia and Saudi Arabia will reduce their oil production by 2.5 million barrels per day, from the current 11 million barrels to 8.5 million barrels per day in May-June, according to a draft agreement obtained by TASS.

During a video conference that began on Thursday, OPEC+ nations have been discussing the situation on the oil market and proposed cuts.

The previous OPEC+ agreement expired on March 31.

After that Russia and Saudi Arabia failed to agree on the terms of its extension.

The parties’ withdrawal from the agreement pushed OPEC+ to increase production, which coincided with a sharp decline in oil demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

As a result, the oil price plummeted to $22 per barrel which is the sharpest fall in 20 years.

In late March, the partners decided to resume consultations and to invite more oil producing countries to take part in the joint activities to balance the oil market.

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Turkey to resume business operation amid COVID-19 normalization

Bars and night clubs will remain to be closed, and the restriction on the movements of those aged over 65 and under 18 will continue.

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Istanbul, June 1 : Many businesses across Turkey prepared to resume their operations for the first time after over two months of closure amid a slowdown in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Restaurants, cafes, parks, beaches, daycare centers, kindergartens, libraries, sports facilities, swimming pools, and museums will be operational as of June 1 as part of the new normalization process which was announced on May 28 by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Following the announcement, the Health Ministry prepared a guide in particular for the eating and drinking industry at which it explained the new rules in a detailed way.

The guide said that the distance between the tables should be 1.5 meters in all directions and 60 centimeters between the chairs to ensure the social distancing rule, and the hygiene rules should be strictly followed to combat COVID-19.

Several restaurants in Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul on Sunday disinfected their facilities and redesigned their seating arrangements in line with the ministry’s guide.

Under the new measures, restaurants will only accept customers with facial protective masks, and the clients will be allowed to take off their masks only during eating.

Turkey will also lift restrictions on domestic travels as of midnight on Sunday, and public personnel will return to their jobs on Monday.

Turkey’s national flag carrier Turkish Airlines announced on its website that it would start its domestic operations with a limited number of flights departing from Istanbul to four major cities, including the capital Ankara, and western Izmir province, as of Monday.

The carrier will begin to fly to other cities on June 4 and launch its international flights on June 10, it added.

Meanwhile, bars and night clubs will remain to be closed, and the restriction on the movements of those aged over 65 and under 18 will continue.

The death toll from the coronavirus in Turkey has climbed to 4,515 and the number of confirmed cases totaled 163,103, according to the figures announced by the Health Ministry on Saturday.

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Centre to sell stake in certain pharma PSUs: Goyal

He said the market players should look at large untapped markets in Eastern Europe and Russia.

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New Delhi, May 31 : Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday said that the Union government has decided to disinvest in certain pharmaceutical public sector units (PSU).

During an interaction with industry leaders of the pharmaceutical sector, he invited the Indian companies to use PSUs for ‘plug and play’ model of manufacturing.

According to an official statement, Goyal also said that India should become a self-reliant country in the supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) as early as possible with the government taking steps in that direction in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.

He assured the industry of full government support in the industry’s expansion, diversification and strengthening.

Mentioning the Centre’s initiatives to make the country self-sufficient in terms of APIs, he said that the government has already approved the scheme on promotion of bulk drug parks for financing common infrastructure facilities in three bulk drug parks.

Also, Production Linked Incentive Scheme for promotion of domestic manufacturing of critical KSMs or drug intermediates and APIs in the country has been given a go ahead, he added.

During his interaction, Goyal lauded the pharma industry for making India proud, by rising to the occasion during the Covid crisis. He said that India has been recognised as the ‘Pharmacy of the World’ as over 120 countries got some essential medicines, during the last two months, including 40 of them getting them in the form of grant, free of cost.

The minister said that the anti-dumping investigation process has been expedited and assured that in case of ongoing bilateral free trade agreements, if any roadblock or unfair competition is being noticed, the government may be informed and prompt remedial action will be taken.

He said the market players should look at large untapped markets in Eastern Europe and Russia.

Calling upon a collaborative route in the R&D efforts, the minister said the academicians, universities, ICMR and private sector should join hands.

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Govt must tell forward plan to the country: Congress

Applicable from Monday, June 1, the fresh order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) spoke of the expanded fresh guidelines a day ahead of the end of lockdown 4.0.

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New Delhi, May 31 : On the last day of the lockdown 4.0, the Congress has questioned the government on its strategy and plan to control the coronavirus infection, exit route out of the lockdown to revive the economy and a way forward.

Chief Spokesperson of the Congress, Randeep Surjewala said, “Today, we witnessed biggest ‘Single Day Spike’ in #COVID19 infection of 8,380. Total Infection at 1,82,490.”

He asked, “The fifth Lockdown begins tomorrow and Congress posed 4 questions to the government — What is the Govt strategy? Have the Lockdowns failed? Is there a blueprint to fight Corona? Any plan out of economic havoc?”

The party has been questioning the persistent lockdown without any exit plan which was implemented on March 25.

The Centre on Saturday took an exit step from the 68-day nationwide lockdown, declaring that the restrictions will be limited to only containment zones up to June 30 and that the prohibited activities will be opened in a phased manner in areas outside these zones.

Applicable from Monday, June 1, the fresh order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) spoke of the expanded fresh guidelines a day ahead of the end of lockdown 4.0.

The nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25 with the announcement of the restrictions by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdown was extended thrice earlier.

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